Even resume rules need to be broken sometimes. It might be as simple as making your resume longer than one or two pages, or in the case of this resume makeover, you might want to include past skills and positions you thought were irrelevant. While some experts will tell you to remove experience older than 10 or 15 years off your resume, Donald Burns knew George Brown’s resume would be an exception. After learning more about Brown’s career, Burns went back 35 years to highlight Brown’s transition from structural engineering to ERP manufacturing.
Part of going out for a new job requires selling yourself to a hiring manager or recruiter. That’s why you need to include more than a laundry list of skills and experience on your resume. Andrew Ysasi helped Kristine Spence rework her resume so that it not only showed her qualifications, but also outlined the direct, positive results of her past efforts and accomplishments.
It’s difficult to find the line between personality and professionalism when writing a resume, and sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes to look at your career history. Laura Smith-Proulx was that fresh set of eyes in this resume makeover -- helping James Park create a resume that went from practical and functional to interesting and engaging.
Writing a resume can feel a bit like bragging, which might cause you to downplay your success. But that’s the last thing you want to do on your resume -- in fact, it’s the place you should feel most comfortable to politely brag about your own success. In this resume makeover, Donald Burns helped Alice Gaines showcase her 20 years of experience, outlining exactly how qualified she is for executive management.
Not everyone has a clear trajectory up the corporate ladder, but if your career history is confusing, it’s up to you to clearly lay it out for recruiters. In the case of Keith Evans, Laura Smith-Proulx knew she would have to untangle his career history to make it easier for hiring managers to read. She got right to work, expanding his resume past two pages to help Evans build a clearer picture of his storied experience as a CIO.
If you’re rewriting your resume to try for a position that is a step up from your current role, you need to get strategic. In this resume makeover, Stephen Van Vreede helped William Torres position himself as a technology leader who would be suited for a CIO or CTO role, despite never previously holding either title. Van Vreede focused on creating a concise resume that presented an “executive image” to any hiring manager or recruiter.
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